Thursday, April 20, 2017

Former Resident Ione Alwin Passes





Ione Alwin, 100 years of age, of Centralia, died April 10, 2017 at Stuart House, Centralia. She was born Dec. 20, 1916 the daughter of Norman Twiet and Minnie (Johnson) Twiet in Dresser, Wisc. On Aug. 21, 1937 she was married to Lloyd Alwin and her preceded her in death. She was a charter member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Centralia. She was a teacher in Wisconsin from 1935 thru 1941; went to Detroit, Mich in 1942; Long Beach, Calif from 1945-1950 (war time); then moved to Missouri in 1950 and started stores in Stover, Brunswick and Centralia; Warrensburg and Sedalia, where they lived for approximately 10 years and retired. They returned to Centralia in 2003. In retirement they wintered in Weslaco and San Benito, Texas for 33 years.
Survivors include Daughter Susan Hulen, Centralia; Grandchildren: Tim Hulen and wife Kelly, Columbia; Phil Hulen, Centralia; Five Great-Grandchildren: Christain, Joshua, Kate, Allison and Claire. She is also survived by sister Theoline Isaacson of Wisconsin; one brother Sumner Twiet.
She was preceded in death by son-in-law Roy E. (Shorty) Hulen.
Services will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2201 W. Gano Chance Dr., Centralia on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Officiating will be Rev. John Butcher, Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Enturnment will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens, Centralia.
Memorials suggested to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Fenton Funeral Chapel, Centralia in charge of arrangements.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Happy Hour and A Birthday

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Newsflash!

The Iowa Dinner will be in Story City instead of Pella.
John Geer called and reserved the room!
So it's at noon on July 12th, bring your table service and a dish to share!



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday April 15th


We had our first Friday "Coffee and Conversation" or "Coffee and Donuts" time, the Office provided them, only around 20 there.It's a great time to get-to-gether and visit and get the all the latest news.Some didn't remember to come and maybe we will have more next week. Rexroads are providing them next Friday. We will have our Easter dinner tomarrow and there are over 80 signed up for it.
There isnt any big news around the park. The trim on the big hall was being painted and I assume the whole building will be painted soon. Work being done on the park models that were moved in.
Lots of Opposums being trapped in the Park lately, we have had 2 little ones and one big one trapped near us. I was told the big one had 15 babies in it's pouch. Lots and lots of rabbits too.


This is a picture of a "Double Dessert Rose" See the middle part? Soon it will look like this:


There are 2 rows of petals, Helen Curtis purchased it at Lowes and said the poor little plant was all root bound in it's pot, not being cared for, I am sure it's so much happier now!!!!
Loads of bloom on it now!she also has a white Dessert Rose that's so pretty and 2 huge Dessert Rose plants in front of their mobile



There are no cards up to sign. Frank Willard had his big aneurism in his stomach taken care of last week and is home doing well.

Send me some pretty tulip pictures, I miss them and also the purple lilac bushes that bloom in May.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Dinner



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So far over 70 have signed up to come to Easter Dinner. I think I remember around 90 coming last year. Not too sure about that but it seems like.
We have had beautiful weather, low humidity and cool mornings (60's) and lovely afternoons around 80's.
There's not much news to talk about...we did get a used park model in on lot 25/26 something like that and one coming in on 401.
The new "Slim Chickens" restaurant is going up fast,on the Home Depot lot on the frontage road and Westgate, I read about the chain on the internet, I don't see how all 3 of those chicken places can survive, but Chick Fil A will be my choice. Slim Chickens has wings and chicken strips. There are new places popping up all around the Weslaco, I will try to keep you posted on what's coming in. There is a strip mall coming in across from the Donna WalMart.
On a personal note my new neighbor Maria and I joined "Planet Fitness". Today will be our first day going there. I think I will like going, they have a more struchured program. It's a 30 min. workout. It's all in one room and you go from machine to machine. Like "Curves" in a way. And after you may go on any of the machines in the larger room, anyway atleast you can learn how to use these torture contraptions
The Park breakfast on Thursdays had to move to the "Eldorado" restaurant this last Thursday. Someone drove their car into the front of "Tex-Mex" cafe.One of our residents had just eaten and the car came crashing thru the front. About 1/3 of the car all the way into the cafe, she said the sound was horrific, no one was hurt, thankfully. Ordinarily the tortilla lady would have been up there in the front and also a cashier, neither was up there at the time. Many said the "Eldorado" couldn't handle the crowd and were quite displeased with the service and food.
We are supposed to wear our "Easter" Bonnets for the dinner Sunday....fat chance of that happening....lol but I will take a picture or two! of the other ladys.
Not many for "Dummy Rummy" Sat. several tables of 3. Only a table of 4 for "Canastta"

Donna

Monday, March 27, 2017

March27th

Our last meeting for the season

RVE CLUB MEETING – Vice Chair Clyde Read called meeting to order. We began with Pledge of Allegiance to Flag & singing of God Bless America; closed by singing club song.
Accompanist – Peg Hayelan
Invocation– Ken Barnhart spoke about “a relaxing day on the water fishing with Tom Benson“.. giving us some smiles & a different way of looking at their fishing trips. He closed with a prayer.
Secretary Report – Jan O'Dell
Treasurer Report – Jim Moeller

Thanks to Tony & Sue McLaughlin
for donuts this morning.

Happy Hour this Wednesday – POPCORN only.

MANAGEMENT REPORT –Assistant manager Ken Barnhart reported. “Here's wishing you a great summer. Hurry back, we miss you when you're gone.” Website for park is riovalleyestates.com
Donna Gabbert keeps us informed year-round with a blog. Go to www.donnasramblingsatrve.blogspot.com. You can check for park news by reading her blog every Friday after the weekly coffee during the summer season.
Club website by Judi DeKoning is RVEWTC.com .. for “members only”, the password is riovalley.
Treasurer “money man” Jim Moeller gave his report, short and sweet.
Jerry McAninch gave Properties report. He said the big hall floor will be mopped Wed. afternoon, after tomorrow's Stew Feed. Any events after “you're on your own!”
Board Members-- Properties – Dan O'Dell, Jerry McAninch, Larry Pavlis; Finance – Judy Nordquist, Sally Hejlik, Jim Moeller. Terms begin April 1 for Ron Zoeller & Sandy Novak who will begin 3 year terms to replace Dan O'Dell & Judy Nordquist.
We elected chair & vice chair to lead club meetings April through November. We chose Darlene Bryant as chair; Sharon Sprague as co-chair.
Helen Curtis asks us to call her, 603-674-3869, if we know of someone needing a card due to illness/death in family. Sign cards in office area. This week cards are going to Mial Stensland, death of his brother; Arlene Fisher, injury of shoulders & ribs following an accident. If you call & leave a message, please leave your name too. Helen will not return your call if she doesn't know who left the message. Thanks to Helen who does a good job keeping track of those who are injured, ill or have lost loved ones.
A new schedule is posted for both the Monday dances & Friday night entertainments.
Ken Barnhart is cooking hams provided by club for Easter dinner on April 16. Bring potluck and table service. If you will be attending, please sign up. Helpers are welcome.

This is the final newsletter of season.

Upcoming Dates –
March 28 – Stew Feed, 5 p.m., Friendship Hall, $5 pp tickets, Tom & Bonnie Cassidy chair
April l6 – Easter Dinner, ham provided, remainder potluck, Ken Barnhart chairs … is this at 1 p.m.?????

A closing thought from your editor.
Let's meet again in the fall .. the Good Lord willing!
What's still on your bucket list?
“Dream what you want to dream. Go where you want to go.
Be what you want to be, because you have only one life
and one chance to do all the things you want to do.”

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Meeting March 20th



Quite a few folks leaving for the Summer!
Keep me posted on some of your activities with pictures and notes, of reunions,Anniversary Partys, Birthday Partys,places of interest that you may visit,your flowers or gardens, family get-to-gethers, fishing trips, and fun things you all are doing,we are always interested in what you all do in the Summer, I will be glad to post them on this blog.
Have a good trip back home! See you in the Fall!Smileycons!Smileycons!

CLUB MEETING – Chair John Geer called meeting to order. We began with Pledge of Allegiance to Flag & singing of God Bless America; closed by singing club song.
Accompanist – Peg Hayelan
Invocation– Reverend Tom Cassidy
Secretary Report – Jan O'Dell
Treasurer Report – Jim Moeller
John asked for any new arrivals to stand up .. there were none. However, we are saying goodbye to our friends each day, it seems. We wish each of you a safe journey, healthy summer .. and if you are not planning on returning in the fall, please at least come for a visit in 2017-2018!!
MANAGEMENT REPORT – Asst. Manager Ken Barnhart reported. He remarked, “It's sad people are leaving, will be so quiet with no one picking on me. Come back soon, 4th of July would be good time!” Rumors about Gene Sanstra having been at his father's mobile are not true. Management has checked this out. If anyone happens to see him in the park, please let the office know. Concerning high water bills, residents are asked to check around homes for leaks. Faucet in one kitchen sink not working & that is being checked.
Website for park is riovalleyestates.com
Donna Gabbert keeps us informed year-round with a blog. Go to www.donnasramblingsatrve.blogspot.com. You can check for park news by reading her blog every Friday afternoon following the weekly coffee during the summer.
Club website by Judi DeKoning is RVEWTC.com .. for “members only”, the password is riovalley.
Treasurer Jim Moeller gave his report. Ken Barnhart has asked if he could order spit parts for outside grill to accommodate up to 4 turkeys & to assist with weight of pig at Luau. This was approved. Properties report was by Jerry McAninch, who reported no complaints this week! We thank Sally Hejlik & her son-in-law who cleaned the grill for us.
Elected last Monday to 3 year terms on the board were: Properties, Ron Zoeller; Finance, Sandy Novak. Terms begin April 1 & they replace Dan O'Dell & Judy Nordquist. Board Members: Properties – Dan O'Dell, Jerry McAninch, Larry Pavlis; Finance – Judy Nordquist, Sally Hejlik, Jim Moeller.
Next Monday we'll elect chair & vice chair to lead our club meetings April through November.
Helen Curtis asks us to call her, 603-674-3869, if we know of someone needing a card due to illness/death in family. Sign cards in office area. This week a card is up for our “mail lady” Terry, also a resident of park; she has a badly sprained ankle. If you call & leave a message, please leave your name too. Helen will not return your call if she doesn't know who left the message. It was reported Leon Cheatham's health has greatly improved.
Dance chair Craig Daves reported the Monday night dances netted approximately $2500. A new schedule is posted for both the Monday dances & Friday night entertainments.
We're SORRY to report Rollo Fisher has returned his keys. We could always count on him to make early morning coffee (5 a.m.). He & Arlene have sold their 5th wheel & will not return in the fall...we will surely miss them!
Donna Goodwin explained the “missing coffee” situation. It was being taken to the coffee room. Sorry for any confusion, none was stolen as suspected earlier.
Ken Barnhart announced hams provided by club will be served on Easter. He will cook these, remainder is potluck.

Weslaco is the Onion Capital of Texas .. so you might check out this statement .. “The secret of good health is to eat raw onions, but the difficulty is how to keep it a secret.”

Next week will be the final newsletter of season.
If you have items that need to be posted,
please give editor a written note by next Monday!

Upcoming Dates –
March 22 – Park Pizza Party, Peter Piper Pizza, 11:30 a.m.
March 28 – Stew Feed, 5 p.m., Friendship Hall, $5 pp tickets, Tom & Bonnie Cassidy chair

NOTICE – needing someone to host Park Dinner in March. Argos unable to host as Nancy had her hip surgery. Hosts pick place and date of dinner.
Activity Calendars for next season have been posted. Let Judi DeKoning #67 know of any additions or changes. Schedule your dates as it’s filling rapidly. If you’re involved in daily activities please check days and times for accuracy.
Here a few dates you may want to write on your calendar for next season: Dances are held every Monday night beginning Jan. 8, ending March 12. Friday Night Entertainments begin Jan. 5, final is March 2. Blood Profile tests are Jan. 5 with follow-up results on Jan. 12. Stroke Prevention too in Feb. but didn't get the date. 50-60-65-70 Anniversary party is Feb. 11. If your anniversary date is between April 1, 2017 & March 31, 2018, please sign the list in back of hall. Luau is Feb. 22. March 1 is Vet's Dinner.
Anyone wishing a photo directory .. Donna Gabbert #270, still has a few. Have you seen the new badges Donna has been making…with new park logo? Want one, ask Donna!
Dave Johnson has park directories at $1.50. You can purchase from Dave at #93 or Vicki in the office.
No more line dancing this season .. says Bev Talley.
Judi DeKoning thanks all the help for last week's Ladies Salad Luncheon as well as those who attended. Sounds like we'll have three ladies lunches scheduled for next season!

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Park Pizza Party (final this season) is Wed., March 22, at 11:30 a.m. Wear your name tags .. free pop with your Peter Piper mug .. and free ice cream. Thanks to Dean & Millie Ricke and Jim & Donna Goodwin for scheduling these.
Park Breakfast is at Fiesta Tex-Mex every Thursday at 8 a.m.
ICE CREAM .. ICE CREAM .. ICE CREAM .. This continues at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoons through March, thanks to the Topels, Talberts & Novaks.
Tom & Bonnie Cassidy are hosting the Stew Feed March 28 at 5 p.m. with “Celebrate Your Heritage” the theme. Tickets at $5 pp are on sale until the 26th from Cassidys at #165 or Judi DeKoning at #67.
Editor wants to print info on summer activities in various states up north. Get info to her at #103 or Monday meeting. Don't some of you folks meet regularly in the spring & summer .. folks from Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, where else? We could post it as a reminder to your friends.
Nancy & Denny Argo announce the annual Iowa Reunion formerly held in Story City. It is scheduled in PELLA IOWA this season, July 12-13. Planned activities include Dutch dinner, historical museum, fabric stores, Vermeer tour, Tasssel Ridge Winery, Pella Windows Museum, Central College Maytag Center, Lake Red Rock Hydro Plant, Pella Opera House, Knowville Race Trask, Klokkenspel, lace stores, Amsterdam Schools, Dutch Mill, & more. Housing can be obtained in several hotels in Pella or b&b homes or camping at Red Rock Lake. You can look at info on the internet for all you need. Sign up if attending some of the events. See sheet on the board or contact Nancy 612-396-6262, nancyargo@gmail.com.
A popular get-together in Iowa is Clermont Camp Out held Aug. 6-13 .. come earlier/stay longer if you wish. You don't have to be from Iowa to join in the fun. Make camping reservations by calling Skip Away campground manager Terri Baker at 563-423-7338 or 563-380-0841. Tom & Mary Lou Benson #103 host this & can give you phone numbers of motels/bed &breakfast in area. Questions, contact them at mlbendyb@gmail.com. or
956-532-9665. Many good eating places in the area. Most evenings are potluck with good Iowa sweet corn. Tom will cook up “something special” Friday night of camp out.

E RESULTS Place scores, winner names, complete info on dates & name of game in plastic container back of Friendship Hall. Write legibly please!!
BEAN BAGS – March 15 – (tie)
Bruce Wells, Virgil White, Doug Jass, Jim Moeller
BRIDGE – March 16 -
1st – Maud Fisher 3020 2nd – Dolores Mason 2880
March 14 -
1st – Maud Fisher 3710 2nd – Bruce Wells 2570
CANASTA – Table of 4 –
March 13 – Agnes Messner, Judy Shively 30805
March 15 – Agnes Messner, Janie Maxwell 30075
March 17 – Fran Hryniw, Dolores Mason 30240
Table of 6 – Feb. 15 (?!) - Judy Shively, Catherin Donovan,
Val Cleland 19280
CRIBBAGE – March 15 – David Clement 723
DARTS –
DOMINOES – Mexican Train – March 14 –Janie Maxwell, Dick Topel, Beverly Talley, Patti Lamp, Alice Talbert, Mary Nelson, Fran Hryniw, Vic Greenlee, Margaret Morrow, Pat Olafson, Mary Christianson March 19 – Darlene Bryant, Catherine Donovan, Donna Gabbert, Janel Baker, Diana Ateah, Pat Olafson, Virgil Tyler, Doris Armistead, Donna Buck, Mary Christianson, Patti Lamp
DUMMY RUMMY – March 18 –
1st - Patti Lamp 218 2nd– Sharon Sprague 269
3rd – Bev Telfor 283 4th – Del Telfor 314
EUCHRE – none until next season
GOLF – Executive – March 17 – No women played
Men's Low – Jim Moeller 32 (tie) Doug Jass, Bob Kerkau 38
Course Low Gross Low Handicap
March 15 -
Palm View - 1st – Claude ??? 77 2nd – Henry Hryniw 79
HAND AND FOOT –
PINOCHLE – Single Deck – March 18 –
1st – Alvin Johnson 538 2nd – Mary Jean Steward 507
POOL – LADIES 8-BALL LEAGUE –
PUSH RUMMY –
SHUFFLING –
TIC – March 15 – High for the night was – Agnes Moore 471
1st – Virginia Baker 139 2nd – Michelle Gjerde 140
3rd – Marlene Prohaska 149 4th – Paul Sprague 168

HUSBANDS .. Being a husband is like any other job. It helps a lot if you like the boss.”
WIVES .. “Whenever my wife needs money, she calls me “handsome”. She says, “Hand some over.”
FRIEND .. “A true friend is one who thinks you're
a good egg even though you're half-cracked.”

Some more of “that's when the fight started.”
My wife & I were sitting at a table at her high school reunion. She kept staring at a drunken man swigging his drink as he sat alone at a nearby table. I asked her, “Do you know him?” She sighed, “Yes, he's my old boyfriend. I understand he took to drinking right after we split up many years ago..and I hear he hasn't been sober since.” “My God, who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?” .. and that's when the fight started.
I rear-ended a car this morning, the start of a REALLY bad day! The driver got out of the other car & he was a DWARF!! He looked up at me & said, “I am NOT Happy!” So I said, “Which one ARE you then?” .. that's when the fight started.
You might grin when you read this one. When our lawn mower broke, my wife kept hinting that I should get it fixed. Somehow, I always had something else to take care of first, the shed, the boat, making beer. Always something more important to me. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched for a short time, then went into the house. I was gone only a minute & when I came out again, I handed her a tooth brush & said, “When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway” .. and then the fight started! THE DOCTORS SAY I WILL WALK AGAIN, BUT I WILL ALWAYS HAVE A LIMP!